Fly Jamaica flight crash lands at Guyana airport

Fly Jamaica flight crash lands at Guyana airport

But while airline officials reported two of the 128 people on the plane were taken to hospital as a precaution, Global Affairs said all Canadians on board were believed to be unhurt.

"Everyone was going insane, screaming, crying for their lives, everything", said passenger Invor Bedessee, describing how some people were injured getting off the flight.

The eventual takeoff went smoothly, but he said it didn't take long to learn that something was amiss.

"We were in the air flying for 15 minutes and captain said there is a hydraulic problem, and turned the plane back. captain dumped fuel and then landed".

The flight left from Cheddi Jagan International Airport, near the Guyanese capital of Georgetown, with 120 passengers and eight crew aboard at about 2 a.m. ET.

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The aircraft only came to halt after crashing into a fence and when its front wheel became wedged in a pile of sand being used for the ongoing airport expansion project, at the end of the runway.

One of its wings and an engine was torn away from the fuselage.

"We can confirm that Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 bound for Toronto has returned to Georgetown with a technical problem and has suffered an accident on landing", the airline said. Canadian citizens can contact consular officials at +592-227-2081.

The aircraft involved in the Guyana incident is 19 years old, according to information from Airfleets.Net, based on the registration number given by Flightradar 24.

That's when it suffered "an accident on landing", a statement from Fly Jamaica reads. The runway then was 2,255 metres long, but is now being extended to 3,048 metres.

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